18-point win for Na Piarsaigh as they cruise into Munster final but injury worries over Dowling and Lynch
Na Piarsaigh 3-22
Paraic McMahon reports from Gaelic Grounds
IT WAS EVIDENT from the off in this AIB Munster SHC club semi-final that Na Piarsaigh meant business as they sought to put the game to bed as soon as was possible.
They had two goal chances inside the opening three minutes, Adrian Breen’s first effort went wide while Declan O’Dwyer pulled off a save to deny Kevin Downes.
While the Limerick kingpins were alert from the throw-in, the same could not be said for Clonoulty whose marking was not of the level one would expect for the provincial championship. This in turn opened up a bundle of space for the lively Na Piarsaigh attack and they duly capitalised on it.
With twenty one minutes on the clock, Paul Beary’s Na Piarsaigh had built up a 0-10 to 0-3 advantage with the bulk of the scores courtesy of Adrian Breen, Shane Dowling and Ronan Lynch.
Paudie White did hit two points from play for the Tipperary champions in the opening half with Timmy Hammersley chipping in with three frees. However the concession of two goals in the final ten minutes of the first half sapped any morale they still had.
On the restart, Na Piarsaigh were without Shane Dowling who sustained a hand injury while in the remainder of the half they lost Ronan Lynch and Kieran Kennedy. It still didn’t deter their cause, they scored 1-5 without reply on the resumption with Peter Casey raising his second green flag. Timmy Hammersley kept the Clonoulty-Rossmore account ticking over but the mountain was always too big to climb.
Na Piarsaigh lost Shane Dowling through injury today.
Source: James Crombie/INPHO
All over the pitch, four-time Munster champions Na Piarsaigh dominated. In particular their half-back line of Lynch, William O’Donoghue and Cathal King allowed them stamp their authority on proceedings while up front Breen and Casey scored a combined 2-8. They have yet to lose a game in this competition and it will take a serious challenge to buck this trend.
Winning their first county title since 1997 makes 2018 a memorable year for Clonoulty-Rossmore, however their involvement in the Munster club is one they will be keen to forget.
Timmy Hammersley and Conor Hammersley consoled by their mother Helen after the game.
Source: James Crombie/INPHO
Scorers Na Piarsaigh: Peter Casey 2-2, Adrian Breen 0-6, Shane Dowling 0-5 (0-5f), Kevin Downes 1-1 (0-1f), Ronan Lynch 0-3 (0-1f), Thomas Grimes 0-2, Conor Boylan, Alan Dempsey, David Dempsey 0-1 each.
Scorers Clonoulty-Rossmore: Timmy Hammersley 0-8 (0-5f), Paudie White 0-2, Cathal Bourke, Conor Hammersley, Dillon Quirke (0-1 sideline cut) 0-1 each.
1. Padraig Kennedy
2. Jerome Boylan
3. Michael Casey
4. Kieran Kennedy
5. Ronan Lynch
6. William O’Donoghue
7. Cathal King
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8. Alan Dempsey
9. Gordon Brown
10. David Dempsey
11. Shane Dowling
12. Conor Boylan
13. Adrian Breen
14. Kevin Downes
15. Peter Casey
21. Conor Houlihan for Dowling (28) (inj)
20. Kevin Ryan for P Casey (37)
17. Michael Foley for Lynch (43) (blood)
19. Thomas Grimes for A Dempsey (44)
18. James O’Brien for King (54)
27: Pat Gleeson for Kennedy (62) (inj)
1. Declan O’Dwyer
2. Joey O’Keeffe
3. Ciaran Quirke
4. Jimmy Ryan
5. Sean O’Connor
6. John O’Keeffe
7. Enda Heffernan
9. Conor Hammersley
20. James Heffernan
12. Paudie White
11. Dillon Quirke
15. Tom Butler
10. Cathal Bourke
14. Timmy Hammersley
13. Fiachra O’Keeffe
17. Thomas Butler for F O’Keeffe (half-time)
8. Ronan Heffernan for J Heffernan (37)
28. Niall Shanahan for Joey O’Keeffe (52)
27. Paddy Ryan for Tom Butler (54)
25. Donnchadh Quirke for Ryan (58)
Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)
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